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Research Roundup: Global methane emissions at all-time high, neuronal pathway prevents relapse, possible drug target to help fight infectious diseases

Global methane emissions have reached an all-time high despite carbon dioxide emissions temporarily dropping due to the coronavirus pandemic, disruption to a neuronal pathway has the potential to treat opioid addiction and the molecular signal CD47 may help the body fight infectious disease, serving as a potential drug target.

Research Roundup: Factors contributing to racism, COVID-19 self-testing kits, preterm births

“People often define racism as disliking or mistreating others on the basis of race. That definition is wrong,” psychology assistant professor Steven Roberts told Stanford News. “Racism is a system of advantage based on race. It is a hierarchy. It is a pandemic. Racism is so deeply embedded within U.S. minds and U.S. society that it is virtually impossible to escape.”

Research Roundup: HIV vaccination, diabetes two-in-one injection, hybrid fish genetics

“Most vaccines aim at stimulating serum immunity by raising antibodies to the invading pathogen,” Bali Pulendran, professor of pathology and microbiology and immunology, told Stanford Medicine News. “This vaccine also boosted cellular immunity, the mustering of an army of immune cells that chase down cells infected by the pathogen. We created a synergy between these two kinds of immune activity.”
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